What is the Edgbaston Foundation?
The Edgbaston Foundation is the official charity of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, the Birmingham Bears and Edgbaston Stadium. It is the entity through which much of the club and stadium’s socially responsibility work is undertaken. The Edgbaston Foundation was launched in 2015 by club captain Ian Bell with the objective of making a difference in the community.
What does the Edgbaston Foundation do?
The Edgbaston Foundation aims to use cricket and the WCCC/Birmingham Bears brand as inspiration for positive change. Ultimately it is to see the club and cricket used for good within Warwickshire and Birmingham.
The Edgbaston Foundation has a youth focus with the knowledge that inspiring young people is where the charity can make its greatest impact and help make a long-term difference in society.
The foundation focuses on 3 key thematic areas:
Enable: Encourage young people to get active and where possible improve health outcomes
Enrich: Encourage young people to better themselves and acquire skills through education and training
Engage: Use cricket as a unifier and ensure everyone feels they belong as part of a diverse community. Within this area support disadvantaged young people, limited by conditions out of their control
Within each of these areas the aim is to develop projects that are measured for impact and positive change in young people. We aim to collaborate with other organisations already doing good work in these areas and to use cricket and our brand to inspire young people and enhance existing activities or explore novel approaches.
Working with other charities is a great way to make a difference. Synergy with other charities that have a youth focus ensures that collaborative work is of maximum social value and impact.
St. Basils a leading youth homelessness charity in the region is now the club’s official charity partner and the Edgbaston Foundation will work closely with St. Basils to support their objectives.
Much of the fundraising emphasis will be to support a new cooperative programme in Edgbaston giving young people support whilst they build the skills to live independently and develop a career. The programme is the first of its kind and one the Edgbaston Foundation and club is delighted to support.
In addition, the Edgbaston Foundation have created a Bears Bursary to help ease the financial burden for young people under St. Basils care who are going to University.
The Edgbaston Sleepout was the first dedicated fundraising activity for the Edgbaston Foundation and has raised £50,000 accross three year, with proceeds going to St. Basils as well as other charities working to support young homeless people.